I just read about a woman who claimed to have a school superintendent license (oversees principals in New York) when in actuality she didn’t even have a license to teach school.
That’s chutzphah. I kind of admire it. I have a Masters in Social Work and a license issued by New York State and I haven’t exploited is as I don’t feel worthy–school, my internship, and the licensing exam were way too easy.
Yes I know that all of the above was supposed to give me confidence and a license to shrink, but I believe in Groucho Marx’s old adage, “any club that will have me….”
Of course when I graduated in 1996, a new college graduate could easily command $40,000. I, with 20 years professional work experience, a graduate degree and a license (then technically called a certificate) found myself fighting for a job that paid $28,000. Now I could hope to make $40,000 three years post Masters Degree. That’s totally screwed up.
I’m not going to detail all the good social workers do or how I put off going to social work school for many years because I hated the title. Thought that it sounded do goody and wimpy. Guess I still do.
But I will find a way to exploit my license. It’s the exploiters who get the gold in this country. Only they’re usually called visionary entrepreneurs.